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Historic Win For Barcelona In Champions League Final

Barcelona crowned the season with a fantastic performance and a 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League Final. The game surely lived up to the hype as a packed Olympiastadion in Berlin got to witness a fantastic game. With the Champions League title, Barca won their second treble in six years.

Barcelona got the perfect start in the first half as Ivan Rakitic scored after just four minutes of play. Lionel Messi started off the attack with a great cross to Jordi Alba on the left hand side. He handed it over to Neymar, who took the ball inside the penalty area and found Andres Iniesta. Iniesta managed to square it to Rakitic, who put the ball into the back of the net with a nice tap-in from close range.

At that point many wondered if this was going to be a very one-sided game in favor of Barca, but Juventus didn’t panic after that initial shock. 1-0 was the result at halftime and it was clearly Barcelona who had most of the better chances on goal.

Juventus looked a lot better at the start of the second half, and in the 55th minute, Alvaro Morata tied the game up after he pounced on a rebound after a shot by Carlos Tevez. Barca’s keeper Andre ter Stegen got a hand on the ball, but the rebound went straight to Morata who slotted it into the back of the net.

Barcelona still had most of the possession, and it paid off the the 68th minute when Luis Suarez put Barcelona back in the lead. Messi ran at the Juve defense and struck the ball right at the edge of the penalty area. Gianluigi Buffon parried the shot, but the rebound came out in a dangerous area and Suarez was the first to pounce and put the ball in the back of the net.

Juventus started to move up and push more and more for another tying goal, but most of their chances came from long range and ter Stegen had a fairly easy time stopping them.

Barca fans celebrated in the 71st minute as it looked like Neymar had scored 3-1 with a header and pretty much sealed the deal for the red and blue. But after a chat with one of the goalline referees, the goal was disallowed, as Neymar had headed the ball onto his own hand before it went into the goal.

Juventus tried to gain more of the possession and move players up the field in order to score, but Barcelona defended well and kept the ball within the team and ended up with 68 percent of the possession throughout the game. The final minutes of the game got disrupted by a couple of long injury breaks and five minutes of extra time was added by referee Cuneyt Cakir from Turkey.

In the dying seconds of extra time when Juventus was pretty much moving everyone up except Buffon, Neymar got his revenge and scored the final goal of the game with the last kick of the game. After a Juventus free-kick, Barca hit them on the counter attack and Neymar ended up with the ball inside the penalty area and struck it with his left foot past Buffon.

Barcelona played 60 games in all competitions this season, winning an incredible 50 of them. Manager Luis Enrique, who replaced Gerardo Martino in May 2014, took Barca to their second treble in six years, winning La Liga ahead of Real Madrid, beating Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey and Juventus in the Champions League Final.

Barcelona is the first team to win the treble twice, making it an even more historic season for the Catalan club.

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